Batman: Curse of the White Knight Book One | English Review #18

Titel: Batman: Curse of the White Knight
Writer: Sean Murphey
Artist: Sean Murphey
Publisher: DC Comics
Relase: 2019
Label: DC Black

Batman: White Knight was one of my favorite comics of the year 2018. The bigger the anticipation for the sequel Curse of the White Knight, whose first issue is already rocking!

Some time has passed since the events of Batman: White Knight Story. Jack Napier is again Joker and sits in Arkham Asyulm, but plans something big. When he manages to break out, he begins to put his plan into action. Batman clings to the heels of his arch-enemy, but has to cope with the death of Alfred and explore the past of Gotham City and his own family.

Something big is coming up and the dark knight will get a new nemesis …

I have to praise the beginning of the comic whose aesthetics is more like a horror comedy than a superhero comic and reminds me of Castlevania.

After entering, the scene changes to a classic Batman crime story, which creates a pleasant contrast and immediately hits the sound of its predecessor. The gloomy atmosphere is further intensified by the extremely appealing drawing style and exudes a certain uniqueness at the same time.

In addition to the built-in elements of the story and the visual presentation, the comic takes enough time to look into Bruce Wayne’s psyche and to express both his inner pain and his anger. It also refers directly to the events in White Knight, when Batman almost brought down.

Furthermore, the joker oscillates between self-hatred, typical madness and a certain manipulative streak as he sends a certain veteran with a sword to a divine mission.

All in all, Batman: Curse of the White Knight is a successful entry into the sequel to White Knight and convinces all along the line. The bridges to the predecessor are beaten meaningfully and at the same time the comic builds up its new story excitingly. I’m curious how Waynes‘ past will coincide with Batman’s present and, ultimately, future. Although it’s a standardized formula, it’s fun to see Batman fight the Joker again.

If you liked Batman: White Knight or are looking for a visually appealing comic or are looking for an exciting Batman story, you can safely access it here. I forgive for Batman: Curs of the White Knight Book One the rating worth reading!

That’s it from my side. We read in the next post!

DCEASED #1 | English Review #16

Title: DCEASED
Writer: Tom Taylor
Artist: James Harren, Stefano Gaudiano, Trevor Hairsine
Publisher: DC Comics
Relase: 2019
Label: DC Comics

The ending starts here … or something like that. Dceased is a comic event that addresses a zombie apocalypse on Earth. Of course, the series plays outside of the DC mainstream, but this does not change the fact that the comic is thematically very interesting and fits perfectly with Halloween!

Darkseid comes to Earth, but is provided by the combined power of the Justice League. To the surprise of the heroes Darkseid pulls back without much of a stir, because he has what he wants. A short time later, the League notes that the member Cyborg is missing. That hero was deported to Apokolips, Darkseid’s homeworld. With a techno-organic virus, cybord is sent back to earth and chaos takes its course. The virus transmits to the Internet and transforms humans (as well as meta-beings) into murdering beasts. While chaos erupts in Gotham, Batman shields his system, but is called by Alfred desperately keeping the infected Red Robin and Nightwing in check …

Dceased starts a bit lengthy, but from the half of the issue shows his potential and quickly enters the horror after the short exposure. The cause of the „zombie apocalypse“ is more creative with the technical virus but compared to Puls (similar theme but different implementation and a different genre) comes the danger from the inside of the hero, albeit rather involuntarily.

Visually, the comic pleases very well and thanks to the use of dark shades, the settlement in the horror genre is implemented extremely coherent. The scenes on Apokolips seem eerie but also very atmospheric thanks to dark red tones. In the finale of the issue, you’ll see a Batman struggling with the first spurs of disaster at his estate, and the cliffhanger at the end is just as shocking as it is nasty.

In summary, the first issue of Dceased is a solid entry that tells a simple premise and provides a strong visual staging. For fans of DC comics, zombie scenarios and / or horror comics Dceased is made for you. I forgive the rating worth reading!

That’s it from my side. We read in the next post!

A look at Old Man’s Journey | Mind Game #4

Austria is not known to develop video games (not anymore), at least not in Europe. In 2017, however, a small indie developer released the Adventure Old Man’s Journey and I look at it today. So a heartfelt welcome to the first post of Ein Blick auf … in which I imagine a video game per feature, that can hardly be processed in a classic review or only with great difficulty!

The title is program, because in Old Man’s Journey you drive an old man who goes on a journey after he has received a letter. On his adventurous journey, the man roams the most diverse areas. The game is completely without text but manages to convey many emotions thanks to strong images and to tell a story as simple as it is sensitive.

During the journey, the player will be able to see memories of the old man, in the form of beautiful images that tell of his long life full of ups and downs, joy and sorrow, loss and reconciliation.

These four screen shots, in my opinion, best convey the beautiful art style of Old Man’s Journey, with which it does not need to hide from big productions. Especially the memory of his great love during a trip to the north has touched me deeply, but in general the memory, together with the emotional ending, is a feast for fans of bitter-sweet stories.

Narration is very important to Old Man’s Journey, and every aspect of the game takes this aspect for granted. You notice this with the simple gameplay and the wonderful soundtrack, which wonderfully underlays the individual scenes without ever dominating.

A picture says more than 1000 words and Old Man’s Journey follows this creed. Fans of bitter-sweet stories will be just as enthusiastic as fans of artistically demanding video games. For one to two hours you can have a lot of fun with this game and will be rewarded in the end with a sad as well as beautiful finale.

That’s it from my side. We read in the next post!